Our Fathers Of Faith



Sarkis The Warrior
The feast day honoring St. Sarkis is movable. It occurs between January 11th and February 15th. Each year it follows the five-day Fast of Catechumens. Sarkis was a Greek from the area of Cappadocia on the Anatolian plain. He was a proud, brave Christian and served as a Roman army officer during the reign of Emperor Constantine (roughly 337 A.D.).

Gregory the Enlightener
St. Gregory’s early life teaches us to listen to our conscience and dedicate ourselves to carrying out good deeds, no matter what kind of a burden we carry. Faith in God, a Christian spirit of love and good works will relieve us of our sins, as well as the sins of our fathers. We must take every step in life with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, whose wisdom will make us act according to God’s will.

Mesrop Mashtots
St. Mesrob was born in the village of Hatzegatz in the province of Daron. In his early years, he learned both Greek and Persian and served in the Armenian royal court. Later, he decided to enter the ranks of the clergy, and with some other young men he went to preach in the province of Koghtn around 395 A.D.

Vartan Mamkonian and his companions
St. Vartan is considered one of the most famous heroes of the Armenian people. In 451 A.D., he, along with a brave band of Armenian soldiers, clergy, and companions, resisted the more powerful and larger Persian army and sacrificed their lives in order to defend their Christian faith.

Twelve Holy Apostles and St. Paul
On the Feast of the Twelve Holy Apostles of Christ and St. Paul, the Thirteenth Apostle, we honor the lives of these men who worked with Jesus to spread the word of the Lord to all people around the world.

Leontius the Priest
Celebrated each year on the Tuesday before the feast of St. Vartan, the Feast of St. Leontius honors the sacrifices made by clergymen in the battles against the Persian Empire.

Gregory of Narek
St. Gregory was born in the city of Narek about 950 A.D. He was a monk, poet, mystical philosopher and theologian, born into a family of writers. St. Gregory of Narek is considered the greatest poet of the Armenian nation and its first and greatest mystic.

St. Vahan of Goghtn
As a young child, Vahan was taken into custody with many other children of Armenian nobility who had been killed because of their Christian belief. He was taken to Damascus where he was taught, together with other children, the Islamic faith.

St. James
St. James is known for his divine vision on Mount Ararat, where he found the sacred relic of Noah’s Ark and brought it to the Armenian people. St. James played a leading role among the 318 Christian leaders present during the sessions of the Council of Nicea, and merited the attention of St. Athanasius and other bishops of the Eastern as well as the Western churches.

Catholicos St. Nersess the Great
St. Nersess was an Armenian Catholicos who lived in the 4th century and was the great-grandson of St. Gregory the Illuminator. He has been described by many as the founder of Christian charity in Armenia and recognized as the clergyman who established the Church’s role as the guardian of the Armenian people in its spiritual, social, and educational aspects.

Holy Translators Sahag and Mesrob
The following is a brief talk you can give your students on the holy translators Sts. Sahag and Mesrob. Written by Dn. Albert Keshgegian of the Holy Trinity Church of Cheltenham, PA, you can use the following to lead off a discussion on the holy translators.

John of Jerusalem, John of Otzoon, John of Orotni and Gregory of Datev
Though spending most of his time in the Monastery of Datev, St. Gregory did travel through the country to teach, bringing more people into monastic study. For his tireless efforts to promote the Armenian Christian faith, he is often called the “Second Gregory the Illuminator.”